Rotunda Comedy Club, Glasgow ***
Rather unlucky to only take third place was Stuart McPherson, a new regular on sitcom Scot Squad, whose elegantly crafted account of toiling in minimum wage employment at a baked potato kiosk in Glasgow’s Central Station was full of ludicrous detail and ratcheted up hilariously when he introduced the spectre of a potential terrorist attack.
Taking second spot was Stephen Buchanan, who craftily wove his small man insecurities through consumer irritation at supermarket off-the-shelf fajita-making kits. He perhaps didn’t make enough of the culture clash of welcoming a refugee into his family home, but his material was otherwise tight and assuredly delivered.
Clear winner with both the crowd and judges though was Leo Kearse, artfully and semi-ironically hailing Margaret Thatcher in a city that loathes the ex-prime minister, and using his status as the oldest act in the line-up for a well-delivered account of his 40-something body betraying him during sex.